Emile Muselier

  • Catalogue ref: KV 2/3769
  • Date: 10/09/1940 - 26/01/1941
The French Admiral Emile Muselier (catalogue reference: KV 2/3769 (1))

This French Admiral was head of the Free French Navy in London and was arrested in 1940 as a result of evidence fabricated against him by fellow French officers who alleged that he had communicated vital naval information to Vichy France. Muselier was later exonerated.

The files span KV 2/3769 to KV 2/3771. KV 2/3769 has been digitised.


John Boynton Priestley

  • Catalogue ref: KV 2/3774
  • Date: 10/06/1933 - 23/01/1960

The novelist and playwright JB Priestley came to the attention of the Security Service because of his connection to a number of left-leaning organisations. KV2/3774 contains a copy of a letter he wrote in 1933 on behalf of the 'Authors Society' from 1933 relating to the 'Scottsboro' trials in the southern United States. Priestley also spoke out against the anti-sedition bill on behalf of the National Council on Civil Liberties alongside EM Forster and HG Wells.

A 1956 assessment describes Priestley as 'a Socialist whose first fine fervour has been tempered by reflection on events of the past twenty years. He has been associated with a number of left wing and quasi-communist organisations...but his association therewith has been that of an independent left wing liberal whose conscience seems to be answerable not to any political party but rather to the radical tradition as he conceives it'.

The file also describes his then-wife, the archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes, as a 'militant left-wing pacifist active for CND'.

The files span KV2/3774 to KV2/3775. KV 2/3774 and KV 2/3775 have been digitised.

Tadeusz Walenty Pelczynski

  • Catalogue ref: KV 2/3777
  • Date: 16/05/1945 - 14/01/1958

Pelcynski was a professional soldier and a member of the Polish Deuxieme Bureau in the pre-war period. Following the invasion in 1939 he served as a leading member of the Polish Homeland Army, which resisted German occupation during the Second World War. He commanded the Polish forces during the Warsaw Uprising and was captured by the Germans.

He moved to London after the war and this file details his involvement in opposition to the Polish government. Pelcynski was involved in sending agents into Communist Poland through the Polish Army based in Germany. The file contains details of letter and telephone intercepts from other leading figures in the Polish opposition.